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03 Oct 2016 @ 13:15:39 pm
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Its been a lifelong dream of mine to do Kruger from North to South or Vice versa and that chance is coming up next year> I have an old but trusty L300 motorhome ( just recently acquired) and my plan is to do this in May/June.
I am a newcomer to camping and just recently retired, Looking for recommendations on Camps. Need to have power,
Initial thinking is :
Crocodile Bridge 2- nights
Skukuza- 1 Night
Shendwezi-3 nights
Punda Maria 3 Nights

Comments and suggestions are welcome.
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03 Oct 2016 @ 14:40:28 pm
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Welcome Alvinw. All the camps are good and different. Skukuza is the biggest and Orpen the smallest. The south has more animals but the birds in the north are better. Balule & Tsendze do not have power. For winter time, August / September is the best....no leaves on the trees and water is scarce and still cool / dry weather.

Enjoy Kruger, it never disapoints, any camp, any time of the year.

Groete,
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03 Oct 2016 @ 15:01:56 pm
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Nothing wrong with your intended itinerary, except for the very long drive from Skukuza to Shingwedzi (271 km at KNP speed). Personally I would rather consider to change Skukuza to Satara.

Crocodile Bridge is a wonderful little camp, situated in a great game viewing area. Skukuza (should you opt for it) is also in a good game viewing area (not as good as Crocodile Bridge, Lower Sabie or Satara), but I normally enjoy the camp although I am not fond of the "heavy traffic" in the area. Satara is the camp on the plains, but surely one of the better areas if predators are high up on your list.

Shingwedzi and Punda are two of our favourites. The latter not an area with lots of game, but the peace and tranquility you experience in this part of the park are beyond description.
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03 Oct 2016 @ 16:00:49 pm
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Welkom. Sou ook voorstel n kamp tussen Skukuza en Shingwedsi. Geniet die beplanning
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03 Oct 2016 @ 19:01:16 pm
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Hi Kelvin.
We did our life dream tour of the park in May this year.
Have a look at my entry dated 10 June in the Full Timers forum; Koos&Irene se aftree toer.
En joy the park, all camps are great, some just a bit more than the others.
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03 Oct 2016 @ 19:03:46 pm
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Hi Kelvin
Welcome to the forum, I remember when we were starting to plan our trip, hmmm, good memories.
We have just come back from a week in the KNP after a previous absence of 6 years, and I have to say, our best camps form a camp-site perspective as well as an abundance of gameviewing, were Satara, and Crocodile Bridge camps.
Skukuza is just too busy, and not somewhere that I normally go to.
Personally, we found it better to be in the same area for 2 - 3 days, then to move on, otherwise it was just too rushed, and we didn't feel like we had seen enough or relaxed enough.

We also saw our best game on the tar roads, and not on the dirt roads, so would make travelling a bigger distance easier then as well if you did decide a single night in a camp to head up north.

Good luck with the planning, sommer makes us lus all over again.
(maybe time for us to plan a trip again. . . . )
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03 Oct 2016 @ 19:14:12 pm
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Welcome Kelvin.

Your camps are al nice camps. I would just agree on the 1 long stint you have to Shendwezi. With more game in the south I would say try a day or more in the south. Have a look at Lower Sabie perhaps.

I don't know if some of the normal rivers in the south are dry and less game than usual.

Enjoy it no matter where you camp as the park will always be special.

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03 Oct 2016 @ 20:16:27 pm
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We have spoken about this for years. The snag has been that 15 odd nights in cottages works out quite pricy!
Now that we have our COW ( Chalet on Wheels) we have a North to South KNP trip planned for March next year.
Two nights in Punda Maria, three in Shingwedzi, two in Tzendze,two in Letaba, three in Satara, two in Lower Sabie, and a final night on our way home in Malelane. Fifteen nights in all! Can't wait!
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03 Oct 2016 @ 20:25:26 pm
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We have spoken about this for years. The snag has been that 15 odd nights in cottages works out quite pricy!
Now that we have our COW ( Chalet on Wheels) we have a North to South KNP trip planned for March next year.
Two nights in Punda Maria, three in Shingwedzi, two in Tzendze,two in Letaba, three in Satara, two in Lower Sabie, and a final night on our way home in Malelane. Fifteen nights in all! Can't wait!

COW, (Chalet On Wheels)  Frans, dis nou een van die oulikste "name" wat ek van gehoor het.laughing

Kelvin, sorry for the deviation from the subjectlaughing

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03 Oct 2016 @ 21:11:06 pm
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Firstly, welcome to the forum.
If you have a camper, do not worry abour laid on power.
Braai in the evenings without using power hungary implements and the driving each day will supply enough current to your battery for the lights and fridge, as long as you do not just drive for 1/2 hour every morning.
At least drive every evening for at least an hour before returning to a campsite without power.
The less you open and close your fridge/freezer the less you need to worry about power.
Every morning, take out your meat for the next nights braai.
This will keep your fridge colder and your freezer happier, as your alternator will be working to keep the temperature down while you are driving without working the battery.
The best obtion is to fit a deep cycle battery and an intelligent charger, to take the pressure off your starter battery.
I have a C-Tech D250S, which gives a higher charge at about 14,4 v to your 12v battery and can get a deep cycle battery charged to about 95% in about 3.5 hours as apposed to a normal charger doing the same battery to about 90% in 8 hours.
There are a lot of arguements about this, on this forum as well, but have been there and worn the T-shirt stukkend, as they say.
The system works for me.
For you, take the advice that suites you best.
The C-Tech D250S now costs a pretty penny, but you must do what you think is best for what you want to do and where you want to do it.
Your vehicle is probably more suited to gravel roads and campsites with mostly electricity, so no point in going for an overkill.
A long life battery with an intelligent charger and a solenoid to do the change over automatically will probably be more than sufficient to keep you going where-ever you will go with the camper.
Like I said though, to get your battery charged to 90 %, you would need to drive about 8 hours a day.
This is fine for the odd day, staying out where you do not have the facilities to replenish your battery. The smaller your fridge/freezer is, and the less you open and close it, should the not present you with any problems, but if you use it like the fridge/freezer at home and everyone needs to open it every five minutes for something cold to drink, then get ready to do a lot of pushing. This life is mainly got a lot to do with the decisions we make, and the bigger the decicion or the luxury, the more expensive it turns out to be.
Good luck with your decision.
On The Road Again
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03 Oct 2016 @ 23:37:07 pm
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@Edge

I just want to add something on the CTEK D250S. At a price of R5200+ it is very expensive. HCDP have designed a unit that gives 12Amp instead of the 20Amp of the CTEK at a price we have been waiting a long time - only R1550 and works the same way. Or you can go for the 30Amp HCDP model at R3100.

12Amp in a camper that you drive a few hours per day should also do the trick very well.

Regards.

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04 Oct 2016 @ 08:36:57 am
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Thank you all for the valuable inputs.
I think I am going to add in Satara to the Plan and thus shorten the drive to Shingdwezi.
Thanks also for the inputs around the batter matters and chargers.Going to research this a bit more.Both my batteries will need replacing and at the moment they are both car/cranker type batteries.
Thanks again.
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04 Oct 2016 @ 09:25:48 am
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Alvin, As Mulderpm said, only some small camps are not electrified, so don't worry about that. As for Skukuza: just another suburd of Jo'burg, so if you don't want to be out in the bush, do go there. Personally I would rather go the Pretorius Kop, quite near Skukuza but much nicer and quieter. Personally also I wouldn't go lower than Satara- the north has a much more unspoilt feeling and you can travel on good dirt roads meeting very little traffic. For first timers you probably will tend to see it all and travel long distances each day in order to do so. In time and with later visits, you will probably start doing shorter distances but stopping more, seeing more and enjoying more. Think how nice it will be to brew a coffee or prepare lunch while watching elephants doing their thing in a river bed! Make sure you have animal, tree and bird guides with you. First time we went there- many years ago, I thought a waterbuck was a cross between a donkey and a kudu!
Whatever you do, I am sure you will enjoy it.
Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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04 Oct 2016 @ 10:15:22 am
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Welkom op die forum.
Geniet die wildtuin.
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransmannetjie. (Parys - Frankryk)
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04 Oct 2016 @ 16:19:40 pm
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My magtig Frederik.."I thought a waterbuck was a cross between a donkey and a kudu!" hehehehe.....n' "Kudonkey" hehehe....nou het ek alles gehoor!

Alvin, for KNP don't worry about being without power and spend lots of money to kit up for it. The no power camps (2) have communal freezers and communal gas cooking if you want to stay there.

If you want to kit up for another trip then.....ditto Edge (campervan)!

Over and above the bird & animal books, remember your binoculars!

Groete,
Paul
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04 Oct 2016 @ 17:18:09 pm
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Mulder, Ek was maar 'n stadsjapie van Gauteng......nog net 'n donkie op 'n foto gesien- nie geweet daar is iets soos 'n waterbok nie. Darem bietjie geleer die afgelope veertig jaar!
Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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05 Oct 2016 @ 11:03:19 am
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We had good sightings around Letaba over 9-days the week before last. To my mind it is probably one of the nicest camps in the KNP. Roads via Polokwane were also fine.
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08 Oct 2016 @ 12:39:10 pm
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Hi there - a trip through Kruger was also on my bucket list for many years. Finally, last year in May I got the chance. Accommodation is indeed very expensive; have been looking into the caravan option for a while, but stalled at the lack of space to store, proper tow car and general cost, for now anyway.

As things turned out, we did the trip North to South, which I would recommend. We were told that there was less to see in the North, but that the herds were bigger, which we found to be true. So in effect the trip got better and better in terms of game viewing, the further south we got. We came in at the Punda Maria gate and stayed the first 3 nights at Shingwedzi, then 1 night at Mopani, 2 at Letaba and 2 at Satara, exiting the Park at Orpen gate. We really enjoyed this route, the best game viewing was around Satara, I would highly recommend the evening game drive where we saw so much, very informative guide. The camps were all great, at each ( except Mopani which does not have camping facilities ) I checked out the camping sites
and they all seemed to be very nice, and not to full at that time of year.

In March of this year we stayed a few days in the park, on the way back from a trip to Marakele and Mapungubwe. I can't say we enjoyed the far south as much as the trip the previous year, perhaps due to the heat wave with temps hitting 44 C, it also felt a bit more commercial for some reason. We found the dirt roads around Lower Sabie were quite rough, we saw more on the tar roads. Enjoy your trip, I would only advise having a few stops of 3 nights in one place, just to really enjoy the camps, as much as the Park.

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07 Nov 2016 @ 08:03:22 am
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I am thinking going in at the North end and spending time at Punda Maria before slowly moving to the south.My concern is about the external roads into the park. Whats the best route in to the North and best Road out? Looking for advice.
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08 Nov 2016 @ 12:00:05 pm
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Kelvin, If you look at a map of KNP, you'll see there is only one road you can take- the North -South main tarred road. There is a longish dirt road that goes to near the Lebombo mountains to the east from Shingwedzi which joins the main road again at Mopani and some other shorter dirt diversions, but if you are towing a caravan, it is wise to stay off them.  They however, are the roads you should take while sightseeing without the caravan.

Do visit all the picknick spots along the way and spend time at them, having breakfast or tea.  Elephants sometimes walk right through them as they are not fenced off.  No need to  panic- there are staff at all the picknick spots and I am not aware of any problems because of this.  The problems comes with idiots aggravating elephants from their cars.

And certainly do not miss the Pafuri picknick spot north of Punda on the Levubu river.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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08 Nov 2016 @ 12:43:44 pm
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Kelvin welcome here, and enjoy the chats.

 I agree with most here, I did a north south tour a while back. I would skip Skakuza and substitute with Lower Sabi and would definitely include Satara or Letaba if time allows, both Satara and Letaba. This would just give you more viewing time whilst driving North or South.

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08 Nov 2016 @ 13:06:47 pm
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I am thinking going in at the North end and spending time at Punda Maria before slowly moving to the south.My concern is about the external roads into the park. Whats the best route in to the North and best Road out? Looking for advice.

Kelvin, I am not sure about the road conditions before entering at Punda, (haven't been up there for over 2 yesrs) however,  if you exit in the South, Crocodile Bridge to the N4 is not bad at all, also Malelaan gate to N4 is good.

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08 Nov 2016 @ 13:42:35 pm
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I was really looking for advice on the roads external to the park and I found the answers elsewhere on this very site.As I am now thinking of going in at the Top rather than the South. My concern is the road to Punda Maria but it seems that if one travels and sticks on the N1 to Louis Trichardt , then via Thoyondo the road is reasonable but slow. Travelling from JHB, that first day is going to be a long one as I doubt whether I will average more than 70 kpf. Might make sense to do an overnight stop somewhere?
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08 Nov 2016 @ 14:13:52 pm
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Kelvin, Your plan sounds OK and I would certainly consider camping somewhere along the way. The question is just where.  In the Warmbaths (Bela-Bela), Nylstroom and Naboomspruit(can't remember what they are called now) there are plenty of good places but it probably is too near where you stay.  You can try Boma-in-the-Bush at Polokwane, which should be a good halfway point and it is quite pleasant and neat.  The road from Louis Trichard pass Thohoyando to Pafuri gate is OK but very busy with local traffic but I wouldn't consider it dangerous.

Instead of entering KNP at Munda Maria gate, you could also consider going further north and entering at Pafuri gate.  To get there, you take the Tsipise-road and might even consider a stay-over there.  It is a very good resort belonging to Forever Resorts. This is a scenic road which takes you through the Boabab region which is a marvel to see- if you haven't yet seen it.  To my mind it is much better than the one to Punda Maria gate but about 120 kms longer You can however visit the Pafuri picnic spot at the same time, which will make a seperate trip there unnecessary thereby saving you perhaps 80 kms of travel in the park.

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08 Nov 2016 @ 14:45:28 pm
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Kelvin, my recommendation would be to enter at Punda Maria gate via Louis Trichardt and have an over night stop at a little hotel (with caravan sites) on the N1, just past Bandelierskop, 70km north of Polokwane.  Lalapanzi Hotel (015) 516-5455  -  www.lalapanzihotel.co.za

We used to take a shortcut just north of Lalapanzi (R578) via Vuvani joining the R524 at Shigalo straight to Punda, however, I will not recommend this route because of all the violence the past months in this area.

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